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I would like to lighten my load, though not to true UL extremes. I'm looking at a couple of the standard "low hanging fruit" items, big hitters in terms of weight: pack, tent (my sleeping bag is already down to 2 lbs, as light as I expect to get for the temp rating I desire). For this thread I'm focused on the tent. I currently use a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 1. It's a good little tent - roomy, kept me dry in numerous heavy Sierra thunderstorms, etc. But it weighs in at 3 lb.
I've considered a Tarptent, since I could easily shave off a full pound. But I've read reports here (and elsewhere) about BA using Silicone plus PU coating, thereby preventing misting (and it's successful at that in my experience with it). However the Tarptent doesn't use the PU coating, so it's subject to misting (a non-starter for me as I don't want my down bag getting wet).
So, any thoughts as to other alternatives that weigh in at 2lb or less all-in for a full-enclosure tent (NOT interested in open sleeping, tarps, etc... and last weekend's large rodent camp raider further convinced me on that), and a bivy won't suit me. Also it MUST be free-standing (non-free-standing is just too restrictive in campsite selection since we must select "durable surfaces"...).
One that caught my eye is the Terra Nova Solar Photon (and similar models), though I need to do further research to confirm that I'd fit inside (I'm 6' and don't want my down bag getting wet from the tent walls). Plus it's super expensive :(
Ideally any replacement would have as much floor space as the Copper Spur, since occasionally I also need to bring my pack inside. Maybe this is all too much to ask of a tent for 2 lbs or less ...
Any suggestions on this? :) I see the TS discount at several retailers ends on 4/30, hmmm ...